As a long-time Internal Revenue Service employee in Birmingham; New Orleans, Louisiana; Atlanta, Georgia; and Washington D.C.; Ragland became a leading agency authority on international corporate taxation. He was the author of several tax laws, codes, regulations, forms and audit guides.
Ragland was noted as a talented pianist and singer who performed with several Southern Gospel quartets. He also involved himself in restoring old homes and furniture pieces.
Ragland died in 2017 of multiple system atrophy. He was survived by his husband, Peter Mendoza, and two brothers.
- "Ronny Lynn Ragland" obituary (November 24, 2017) The Birmingham News